Making Modernism at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Georgia O’Keeffe, Grace Cossington-Smith, and Margaret Preston come together in an once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

On display until October 2, a selection of works from trailblazing American artist Georgia O’Keeffe will show alongside two of Australia’s most visionary painters, Grace Cossington-Smith and Margaret Preston in an exhibition that celebrates the work of women and their unique visions and experiences.

Making Modernism brings together approximately 30 paintings by each artist, including the largest survey of O’Keeffe’s work to ever visit Australia. By combining the work of these three extraordinary women, the exhibition presents fresh perspectives on these artists and the globe-crossing currents of modern art in the making.

Despite their very personal painterly aesthetics, what each of these artists share is a determination to depict the world as they saw it in front of them – whether it be the desert, the interior of a drawing room, or an intricate tea set and floral arrangement.

The selection of works carries us across the burgeoning 20th Century and into the modern age, including sketches of the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, early images of Circular Quay and North Sydney and breathtaking recreations of the Australian landscape.

Making Modernism is currently showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until October 2.

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